US, Turkey to resolve detainee spat 'in a matter of days': Pompeo

US, Turkey to resolve detainee spat 'in a matter of days': Pompeo

Erdogan's comments, in a speech in Ankara, came two days after Washington imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the trial of a us pastor accused of backing terrorism.

On Wednesday, Washington moved to block the assets of Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu in the USA and prohibit American citizens from "engaging in transactions with them".

Turkey will complete 1,000 projects within the next few months, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday as he unveiled in Ankara the new government's action plan for the first 100 days in office.

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The sell-off, which also hammered local stocks and Turkey's debt risk profile, reflected deepening investor concern over tensions with the United States, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and major trading partner.

While Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu had agreed to resolve the situation in a meeting with Pompeo, he also says that the threatening language and sanctions from the U.S. won't get them anywhere. "They agreed to continue to try to resolve the issues between our two countries", she said. "Of course, it is not expected to solve the crisis and all problems in just one meeting, but we agreed on close cooperation, dialogue and working together to solve the problems and when we return to our countries, we will keep taking steps together to solve those problems and work on it". He is facing a 35-year sentence if convicted of the charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and espionage.

He said the sanctions are meant to show Turkey that the U.S. is "serious" about the issue. "These are innocent people", he said.

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"Pastor Brunson's unjust detention and continued prosecution by Turkish officials is simply unacceptable", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

After reports that the United States would sanction individuals over the case, the lira hit a record low of 5.01 against the dollar, before rallying slightly to 4.9. On Tuesday, a court rejected his appeal to be released from house arrest during his trial on terrorism charges. He was also charged with supporting outlawed Kurdish PKK militants.

It was unclear who would be affected by Erdogan's announcement because of differing cabinet roles in the United States, or if they have any holdings in Turkey. Gulen denies the allegations.

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who shares Brunson's evangelical Christian faith, have made his release a priority.

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